Day of Recollection for Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion
This event was held at Minsteracres Retreat Centre on Saturday 8th October and was facilitated by Deacon Rob Wareing from St Paul’s in Cramlington. The day was open to all Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion within the St. John of Beverley and St. Wilfrid’s Deaneries in Northumberland, and as such was the first combined Deanery event to be held. Seventy-three ministers from as far afield as Haltwhistle and Longhorsley attended, so it can truly be said that these two Deaneries have embraced the spirit of Forward Together in Hope.
Deacon Wareing succeeded in making the event thought provoking and interesting; a valuable addition to the pastoral care of all those who attended. We started by discussing “why recollection?” and were reminded of our relationship with Jesus. The Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist is “closer than a breath”; Jesus occupies every atom and fibre of our being. The day continued with a full discussion of the meaning of the Real Presence, time for personal reflection, walks in the picturesque grounds of Minsteracres and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
Everyone who attended this event was full of praise for Deacon Wareing and his sensitive and caring approach to the session. We are all looking forward to the next combined Deanery event when we will be able to build on the success of today.
In the words of St Cajetan (1480 – 1547), a final reminder for us all as Catholics “Do not receive Christ in the Blessed Sacrament so that you may use him as you judge best, but give yourself to him and let him receive you in this Sacrament, so that he himself, God your saviour, may do to you and through you whatever he wills.”